September 18, 2012

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Approved 10-23-12




Tuesday, September 18, 2012

3:15 p.m., 115 International Center

Provost Wilcox, G. Aben, T. Summerhill (for M. Baba), K. Bartig, M. Becker, S. Borkowski, C. Brown, D. Buhler, R. Caldwell, S. Carter, E. Charles, T. Curry, R. Bellon (for K. Cheruvelil, C. Coursaris, W. Davidson, N. Dejoy, L. Dillon, S. Esquith, S. Fitzgerald, S. Fletcher, J. Forger, J. Francese, X. Gao, D. Gift, M. Goheen, Y. Gonzales, K. Greenwalt, M.E. Hackert, C. Haka, D. Heller, G. Hoppenstand, C. Alsup (for J. Howarth), P. Hunt (for S. Hsu), M. Huebner, H. Hughes, C. Jackson-Elmoore, M. Kasavana, K. Klomparens, Y. Komori, M. Koot, T. Lunsford, L. Mak, R. Maleczka, E. Martinak, J. Maurer, D. Maybank, L. McCabe, D. Mendez, H. Mooney, D. Moriarty, M. Mundt, M. Nair, J. Powell, A. Mehretu (for J. Riedinger, L. Robinson, L. Robison, A. Rolim, G. Roloff, C. Roseth, N. Rovig, D. Rovner, L. Selanders, D. Sheridan, L. Stanford, K. Millenbah (for E. Simmons), G. Riegle (for W. Strampel), J. Turner, S. Udpa, C. Vermeesch, K. Silk (for P. Whitten), M. Worden, J. Wright, M. Wright, D. Prestel (for K. Wurst), J. Youatt

ABSENT:  President Simon, M. Aldrich, W. Anderson, E. Bank, C. Bolin, S. Carey, M. Chavez, J. Dunn, D. Estry, H. Fitzgerald, J. Foss, S. Garnett, K. Gelbke, M. Grieshop, D. Grooms, M. Khire, R.J. Kirkpatrick, B. Kleinerman, S. Lenway, C. Matti, R. McCormick, P. Menchik, M. Noel, B. O'Brien, N. Pasmanter, M. Rappley, K. Renn, C. Scales, M. Shapiro, L. Shelton, A.J. Singh, R. Spreng, B. Sternquist, S. Teahan, S. Tekalur, C. Traister, F. Villarruel, J. Walton, C. Waters, S. Watts

The meeting began at 3:17 p.m. with a quorum.

Approval of Agenda:
The agenda was approved as distributed.

Public Comments:
There were no public comments.

Approval of Minutes:
The minutes of April 24, 2012 were approved as distributed. 

President’s Remarks:
The President was attending a retreat for the Michigan Business Leaders of Michigan.

Provost’s Remarks:
Provost Wilcox noted that the fall Semester enrollment was higher than expected. The University does have sophisticated processes and advisory staff on admissions.  Predictions can be made on the likely attendance decisions.  The University accepts more students than expected to attend since students apply to more than one school.  This year the estimate of students expected to accept the offers of admission exceeded the number predicted.  The total enrollment for Fall is anticipated to be about 48,800 students and 9,000 of these students are graduate students.

Provost Wilcox reported on the AAU Provosts’ meeting he attended last week where there was considerable discussion on MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses).  These are non credit courses offered to-date by a small number of Universities.  Many of the AAU Universities are considering doing something with MOOC.  These courses are not seen as a supplement to the existing curricula but rather are seen as an opportunity for outreach and visibility.  They are also viewed as an opportunity for research about the teaching and learning process. The Provost has begun a conversation with Dean Estry and David Gift to identify a platform that would be appropriate for MSU and participation.

Provost Wilcox also noted that a group from the University of Texas at Austin is trying to make sense of the situation that public universities find themselves in today.  The group is describing themselves as the Public Flagship Universities of the country and MSU has been attending the meetings to discuss.  Public Universities are facing political pressures regarding State funding and are under stress. There are ongoing discussions regarding how the Universities portray themselves more effectively in their States? 

The Steering Committee Chairperson’s Remarks:
Professor Powell noted the Faculty Senate Planning Session held in August where faculty identified issues that governance will be reviewing.  The Steering Committee will be organizing into categories and report back to the Senate.  Professor Powell also stressed that work will continue to strengthen communication with Council members and in turn with faculty in their units. A number of areas of focus this year will include curricular processing, online courses and follow up on the URO.

Athletic Council Annual Report:
Professor Kasavana, Chairperson of the Council, presented an overview of the Annual Report of the Athletic Council, distributed with the agenda to all members.

University New Course Management System:
Professor Youatt, Senior Associate Provost, presented information on the new course management system that the University will be transitioning to in the near future.  The contract ends with the current system called ANGEL.  A faculty committee was formed having representatives from all Colleges to review new management systems.  Professor Grabski reported on the process and deliberations used to identify a new system (See attached).  The new management system selected is Desire2Learn and faculty will have two years lead time to convert courses.  There will be Faculty Seminars provided at the end of Fall and Spring semesters.

New Business:
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 3:50 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,


Jacqueline Wright
Secretary for Academic Governance

University Council Annual Reports:
University Committee on Academic Governance - has not been submitted
University Committee on Student Affairs - has not been submitted
University Committee on Undergraduate Studies
University Committee on Graduate Studies
University Committee on Honors Programs
University Committee on International Studies & Programs
University Committee for the Library
University Military Education Advisory Committee - has not been submitted
University Committee on Liberal Learning
Athletic Council

Tapes of complete meetings of the Academic Council are available for review in the office of the Secretary for Academic Governance, W32 Owen Graduate Hall, 355-2337.

Committee Meeting Date: 
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 3:17pm
Committee Type: 
Minutes Status :